- It sounds good to the ear. It is comforting to the person who has been caught in a “grievous” sin.
- Some think that it bolsters evangelism – Helps the homosexual, murderer, etc. to know that they are not “any worse than us.”
Here are a few biblical reasons why this is wrong:
- Christ tells Pilate that the Jewish leaders have committed a worse sin than him, saying, “He who has handed me over to you has committed the greater sin” (Jn. 19:11, emphasis mine).
- Certain sins in the law are distinguished in a particular context as an abomination to God, implying that others are not as severe (e.g. Lev. 18:22; Deut. 7:25, Deut. 23:18, Isa. 41:24).
- Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is set apart as a more severe sin than blasphemy of the Son (Matt. 12:31)
- There are degrees of punishment in Hell depending on the severity of the offense (Lk. 12:47-48).
- Christ often evaluates the sin of the Pharisees as greater than the sins of others. You strain out a gnat while you swallow a camel (Matt. 23:24). If all sins are equal, Christ’s rebuke does not make any sense. (See also Lk. 20:46-47)
- Similarly, Christ also talked about the “weightier things of the law” (Matt. 23:23). If all sins are equal, there is no law (or violation of that law) that is “weightier than others.” They are all the same weight.
- Unforgiveness is continually referred to as a particularly heinous sin (Matt. 6:14-15; 18:23-35).
Think about it practically:
- If lust and adultery were equal, then there would be no people left as pastors.
- Your conscience bears witness to this fact: You aren’t as convicted when speeding as you are when you look at pornography.
- God does not see all sin as the same.
- Everyone is just as guilty in God’s sight, because one sin merits hell.
- Everyone shares a sin nature."
Posted by Caleb